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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 24, 2012 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 700 left

I suspect due to the reputation (deservedly, in my book) of the Europe tour, and the precedent of the long gone Fillmore West 69 box, some of us jumped . And at the very start, it wasn' t clear that they would offer the shows outside of the whole box . Like others have said, I don't think there is much left that would generate this level of excitement .
Two things come to mind :1, The whole trend is away form people wanting to own "things" ( not me !) , and a much lessened level of excitement/involvement that seems to follow . 2. The further we get away form the death of Garcia, the less interest . Old fans drop off, and fewer new ones get on .

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 24, 2012 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 700 left

That's very true, a lot of us did have that Fillmore West 69 box in mind. (And they STILL haven't released the individual shows from that!?!) That must've accounted for a lot of the initial buying.
Also, I'm afraid to say, the collector's-item aspect. There were LOTS of multiple purchases of the E72 box for later resale, I'm sure. When people could buy up to 10 boxes, there might've been a lot fewer actual buyers...

Your points are interesting, but with caveats -
1. The trend is also towards downloading & getting music for free - combined with the fact that we already HAVE most these shows for free, that would keep the sales interest pretty low, maybe confined to those who really WANT nice CD packages.
2. I'm not sure about lessening interest in the Dead. My perspective is different since I'm a post-Garcia fan who bought up all the live releases once I got interested. (There were a lot fewer then, though!) But you have to notice, they certainly haven't lessened live releases in recent years due to dropping demand, so they must be happy enough with the sales.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 24, 2012 2:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 700 left

To bounce this around some more , I relatively easy access to free downloads, of these shows in sometimes stellar sound, makes the cds less of a must even to the hardcore fan . I recall, the comments about the declining sales of the DPs due to the downloading . I am sort of an "audiophile" ,who appreciates the sound quality of the official releases , but then again there is that elite 24 bit crowd, that might be looking at downloaded sound ( depending on the source ) that is better than the cds . And to some folks mp3 is fine .
On my second point, I have some ideas, I am by no means sure on it . Sounds like a good thread topic .